Climate Alert: Two billion climate refugees by 2100
In the space of just one month, two prominent reports by Cornell University and the Asian Development Bank have left us an urgent warning: failing to tackle climate change will leave billions of people displaced. According to stark research from Cornell University, two billion people - that's around a fifth of the global population - could become refugees by 2100 as rising sea-levels wreak havoc on the world’s coastlines.
“We’re going to have more people on less land, and sooner than we think,” said the report's lead author Charles Geisler
In a second report, the Asian Development Bank warned the Asia-Pacific region would be the most vulnerable as the world experiences massive climate-induced migration.
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